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Get a custom name Relay for Life T-shirt at Brookshire’s

Brookshire’s is selling the above photographed T-shirts as a fundraiser for Relay for Life up until the Friday before Relay.

The shirts are to remember those that are Gone but not Forgotten and honor those that are Still Fighting.  Relay for Life is just around the corner.  Let’s all help raise money to Race for the Cure.

You can order your shirts on site at Brookshire’s or you can email Lashell Jordan with your order at lashelljordan@yahoo.com.

The adult shirt is $12.00, plus $1 per name to be added and the children’s shirts are $10, plus $1 per each name to be added.

Shirts must be paid for when they are ordered.

Paris Police Department Press Release & Adult Arrests – June 20, 2012

On June 19, 2012 at approximately 1:39 P.M., Officers with the Narcotics Division observed 47 year old Tony Joe Freelen driving a vehicle in the area of SE 17th and E Polk streets. Officers had knowledge that Freelen had outstanding warrants for his arrest. When Officers attempted to stop Freelen, he sped up and attempted to flee and evade arrest. After a short pursuit, Freelen was stopped and arrested on the warrants. He was also found to be in possession of a large quantity of narcotics.

Also on June 19, 2012, Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of SE 13th St to a possible Robbery. Upon arrival, the victim advised them that 2 black males forced his front door open and demanded money. One of the suspects covered the victim’s eyes with his hand.  When the victim told the suspect that he had no money, the suspects left.  The incident is under investigation.

Adult Arrests – June 20, 2012

Joshua Logan Allen, 24, Possession of Marijuana <2OZ, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Jeffery Kyle Childers, 38, Theft of Property >$50<$500

Rosa Maria Copeland, 38, Credit Card or Debit Card Theft

William Marcell Frazier, 24, MTR Probation

Jerred Saxxon Guerra, 20, Speeding, Failure to Display DL

Maribeth Perez, 21, Violate Promise to Appear, Fail to Maintain Financial Responsibility

David Lee Roth, 29, Burglary Habitation, Organized Retain Theft

Heather Weir, 29, Theft Under $50

The prescription for a long, happy life



After 50 years in the same job, most people might think about retiring. And while Pharmacist James Miears has slowed down a little in the last few years, he certainly hasn’t stopped.

“I’m blessed with good health, and I still enjoy seeing the old friends and customers,” he said. “We are working on three generations of people doing business with us.”

He may be the longest continually practicing pharmacist in Paris. It’s something that has impressed daughter Leslie Lange

“He’s always been there,” she said. “He’s never stopped practicing for 50 years. That’s amazing to me.”

Miears didn’t always want to be a pharmacist. In fact, he had planned to go to medical school after he graduated from Paris High in 1956. That was until he met his future wife, Chloie, who worked at Corner Drug downtown.

“I would go in to pick her up,” Miears said. “I met a pharmacist named Ray Rhodes, and I changed from pre-med to pharmacy and haven’t regretted it.”

He graduated from the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in May 1962 and became a licensed pharmacist the following month after passing three days of board exams. Things are certainly different now. Back when Miears graduated, a pharmacist had to have a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for the board. Today, it requires a doctorate in pharmacy.

When Miears and his wife moved back to Paris in 1962, he went to work at Williamsburg Drug, which was owned by Ray Rhodes.

“At that time, the pharmacist could not communicate with the patient about the medicine. We couldn’t even put the name of the drug on a label,” he said, noting that these days, pharmacists are even allowed to give immunizations. “In 50 years, we have progressed to where now the pharmacist by law is required to counsel the patient about the use of the medication, potential side effects, to check the patient’s profile to see if there are any drug-drug inter-reactions.”

He said in the last couple of weeks, the pharmacy has caught several drug reactions and conferred with the doctor to find the best solution. But 50 years ago, Miears said he was the “most over-educated, underutilized professional in town.”

As an example, he pointed to a medication called achromycin available in pediatric drops that doctors commonly used to treat infections in infants. It had an unfortunate side effect of turning permanent teeth gray as the children aged.

“Pharmacists knew of that side effect of the medication, but we couldn’t warn or counsel moms about the medication,” he said. “We have a population of 50- and 60-year-olds with permanently stained teeth.”

Miears worked at Williamsburg Drug for about 18 months, before following the dream of nearly every pharmacist in that day. He opened Miears Pharmacy in February 1964. After four years, his business moved to the location that now houses Paris Apothecary at 707 Lamar. About 40 years later, he sold the business. Actually, he sold three of them.

The retail pharmacy was sold in June 2007. But by then, he also had IV Services of Texas, which opened in 1991, and Miears Long Term Care Pharmacy, which opened in 2000. Lange and Lee Ann Hampton formed a business and bought those two in July 2007. Miears helps out when needed.

“The customers who have come back to us from other places love seeing him again,” Lange said. “He’s wonderful with the customers. It’s great working with my dad.”

The long-term care business, which still operates under the same name, is not the typical walk-in pharmacy. It’s a restricted business that serves assisted living and nursing homes across the region. IV Services became what is known as Paris Apothecary.

“I work for my daughter now,” he said. “I don’t make the business decisions anymore. That’s their responsibility. They’ve earned that.”

It’s an interesting relationship. Lange relates more to her father on the business side of things.

“He’s one of the kindest people I’ve ever met,” Lange said. “I’ve learned so much from him about how to relate to people and provide the best customer service we can.”

Hampton, on the other hand, finds more of a connection with the pharmacy side of things. Miears hired her as a pharmacist and became her mentor. She came to work at Miears Pharmacy because of a rotation she spent there while in school.

“I would have never owned my own pharmacy if not for my experience working for him,” Hampton said.

His is certainly a pharmacy-oriented family. In addition to owning the business, Lange is a certified pharmacy technician. Another daughter, Katherine, is a pharmacist who runs a Kroger pharmacy in northwest Dallas. Miears also has a son who married a pharmacist and a grandson who starts pharmacy school at Texas Tech in August.

Although he sold the business, Miears has kept going. He works from time to time at his daughter’s business, and in 2008, he helped the hospital for a couple of months through a pharmacist shortage there.

“The pharmacist is becoming a recognized member of the health care team,” he said. “The pharmacists coming out of college today have six years of training, education and knowledge. It’s time they were recognized.”

That is helping to change some long-held misconceptions about the field, he said. Particularly the notion that pharmacists are little more than pill counters.

“Pharmacy was looked upon for years as count and pour and lick and stick,” he said. “I don’t know that I would be qualified for acceptance into pharmacy school today. The competition is stiff.”

Large pharmacy schools such as Texas Tech or the University of Texas may get 1,000 or more applications a year and only accept 125 to 150 of them.
The profession is becoming more female oriented, Miears said. His graduating class of about 75 only had seven women. Today, the classes can be 50 percent to 70 percent female.

He’s seen large changes in how the industry works, as well. When Miears graduated, few if any people had insurance. They paid for their medications directly with cash or charge accounts. Now, nearly everyone uses some kind of insurance – and each company the pharmacy deals with requires a different contract.

Government prescription programs have been especially troublesome. Miears watched the first Medicaid program rolled out in Texas. And then came the Medicare Part D, which covers elderly prescriptions through insurance companies.

“That was a nightmare,” he said. “All that year, I was negotiating with insurance companies, getting contracts in place, pushing my staff to get ready and be prepared.”

When customers started coming in with their new prescription cards January 2, it quickly became chaos. People would be denied. The pharmacy would double check the coverage, only to find no listing for the patient. They would call the insurance companies Miears had worked so hard to establish relationships with only to be told the company didn’t know who Miears Pharmacy was.

The mess took about two months to straighten out nationwide. Which meant two months of getting little if any money for many customers. Pharmacists basically kept the program afloat while the kinks were worked out, Miears said, and many of them went broke doing it.

“Pharmacy is a wonderful profession,” he said. “It bends over backwards to help people.”

Paris Police Department Press Release & Adult Arrests – June 19, 2012

Over the past 24 hours, 7 people were arrested on the following charges, 6 on warrants, and 1 for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

On June 18, 2012 at about 7:23 P.M., Officers made contact with 76 year old Teddy Wayne Anderson of Paris who had a warrant for his arrest. The warrant stemmed from an investigation where it was found that Anderson had stolen copper wiring from a construction site in the 2900 block of Clarksville St. Anderson was placed in the Lamar County Jail.

On June 14, 2012, Officers with the North East Texas Auto Theft Task Force were notified of a report of a stolen vehicle that had been reported to the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department on June 14, 2012. The victim advised that he believed that the vehicle was stolen by a female that had test driven the vehicle. The victim advised that the person that had test driven the vehicle advised that she was from Texarkana, Texas. Through the investigation, the suspect and vehicle were located in Hunt County, Texas. The vehicle was recovered and the suspect, 37 year old Anna Edwyna Mitchell of Simms, Texas was arrested. Officers also located several stolen items at her residence and in Hunt County where Mitchell was located.

On June 18, 2012, Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Church St where it was reported that a business had been broken in to and numerous items stolen. The owner advised that the pad lock to the building had been cut to gain entry. The incident is under investigation.

Paris Police Department – Public Information Officer, Curtis Garrett    

Adult Arrests – June 19, 2012

Taylor Lee Edward Clark, 30, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Expired Motor Vehicle, Failure to Display DL

Jennifer Deann Davidson, 29, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility

Tony Joe Freelen, 47, MAN DEL CS PG 1>4G < 200G, MAN DEL CS PG 3/4, Evading Arrest

Harvey Owen Gill, 55, Public Intoxication

Jorge Ortiz, 19, MTR Probation, Expired Motor Vehicle, Fail to Appear Non-Traffic

Cast of Bronze, handbell ensemble from Dallas makes stop in Paris

Cast of Bronze, a 16 member auditioned community handbell ensemble from Dallas, Texas, will be performing on their 11th annual summer concert tour at First Christian Church in Paris on Monday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m. This year’s program entitled “Aria” features  original handbell compositions by Bill Payn, Hart Morris, Arnold Sherman and many others. We will play polkas and marches, classical and sacred music and many familiar classics.

Come and join us for a fun-filled informal and interactive concert that is free and open to the public. Come see and hear the largest handbells ever manufactured. Following the concert, members of the audience will be invited to come and ring bells or chimes and ask questions of the ringers and director.

Cast of Bronze performs on 318 handbells and chimes including: 7 octaves of American made Schulmerich handbells, 7 octaves of Malmark Choir Chimes, 5 octaves of English made Whitechapel handbells, 3 octaves of Dutch made Petit and Fritzen handbells and 2.5 octaves of DeskSet bells.

Renowned for their musicianship and technical prowess, Cast of Bronze has delighted audiences in concerts throughout Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas. They performed in 11 concerts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, been a featured performing ensemble for the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers National Seminar, Plano Civic Chorus, Dallas Women’s Chorus, American Guild of Organists and have commissioned advanced music for handbells. Cast of Bronze released their first CD titled “Opening Night”.


Chris Nabors is the founder and director of Cast of Bronze. He studied music education at the University of North Texas, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Masters of Business Administration from Baylor University.

Mr. Nabors was introduced to handbells by his father, Dr. Oran R. Nabors, who was one of the pioneers of handbell ringing in the Dallas area in the early 1960′s and former editor of Overtones magazine.

Mr. Nabors has been directing handbell ensembles since 1981, and has served on the staff of three Dallas area Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) churches. This service included a position as the Director of Handbells at Northway Christian Church, Dallas, Texas, where he directed three adult handbell ensembles and one youth choir. He has been the director of the Elliott Handbell Ensemble of Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas since November, 2003. He has frequently served as a clinician or festival director in the region. He is a former president of the Greater Dallas Handbell Association, member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and a former member of the Dallas Handbell Ensemble (David R. Davidson, Director).



Cast of Bronze is a handbell ensemble dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in music and the promotion of the art of ringing handbells.


Enlighten audiences with the performance of advanced sacred and secular handbell music;

Enhance church services by achieving high quality musical offerings of advanced handbell music appropriate for worship;

Promote the art of handbell ringing through sponsoring and participating in concerts, workshops and festivals;

Encourage and commission handbell composers and arrangers to create and publish music for advanced handbell ensembles;

And have fun and fellowship with fellow handbell ringers.